Reviewed – Oxygen Charlotte sandals from Mastershoe-Myshu

In recent years, the trend when it comes to sandals has been that anything goes. Before that, there seemed to be a key trend every season. But now there are numerous sorts of sandals that suit those who want to wear them for style purposes, and those who want to wear them for comfort. And then there are those who want both style, and comfort, and this is where Oxygen sandals step up to the plate. (See what I did there…)

Oxygen sandals have created the Charlotte design that takes the best elements of Birkenstocks and combine them with fashionable features like pretty rustic flowers and a string toe post.  Together, this blends to make a pair of sandals that would look great on the beach in some far-flunged, sun drenched  corner of the world, but can easily be worn, and be super comfortable, on the school run, teamed with jeans on a sunny morning.

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Oxygen Charlotte sandals

Oxygen Charlotte sandals

pretty rustic flower design

pretty rustic flower design

I love these sandals. The fit is true to size (I am wearing a size 5), and although not heavy, they are still a substantial sandal, your feet don’t feel like they are actually touching the floor and the shaping of the sole is great for anyone who suffers from pain in the arches of your feet. I chose the tan option as I think these are very neutral and will look great with a range of coloured outfits, but if you want a classic black, or a more striking red option, these are also available.

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The sandals are comfortable – you need to let them mould to your feet a little first, but once you have done this, you can easily wear them all day long, so they would also be a great option for someone who works in a salon where you are on your feet for long periods of time.

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You can currently make a £15 saving on these sandals – they are now available at Mastershoe-Myshu for just £29.99 which I think is a great price for a leather sandal.

TM Lewin – the day dress sorted.

Question. You’re off shopping for a new dress. Not a dress for a special occasion or an event, but a dress that would be smart enough to be suitable for work in Summer, or could take you to sport’s day at the kid’s school. Where would be the first place you would look? I’m taking a wild stab in the dark here, but am guessing that the your first port of call wouldn’t be TM Lewin, best known to most of us as the place to find the perfect work-shirts for both men and women. But you would be missing out if you didn’t pay TM Lewin a visit, for they have added some really brilliant day dresses that are strong in design and colour.

Samantha Wrap Dress £65 click to visit TM Lewin

Samantha Wrap Dress £65 click to visit TM Lewin

I was recently sent the Samantha wrap dress by TM Lewin, and have to admit to being totally shocked that this Diane Von Furstenberg influenced dress was from a brand I most associated with shirts and ties. A geometric print dress, in a glorious lime, white and black print, the Samantha dress is a classic faux wrap style that is very easy to wear, and yet still so chic.

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Dress TM Lewin
Shoes Clarks at Spartoo (still available in black click here)
Earrings Select (similar here)

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The dress has a wonderful shape, with ruching on the faux wrap which is great if you consider your tummy to be your problem area. The sleeves are very slightly capped but they are not tight so that they cut off the upper arm, but instead make a slight point on the shoulder. The dress has a deep v neckline due to the wrap style, but again, it is not too revealing – I often wear a brooch or a camisole under wrap dresses but this does not need one.

The fabric contains 5% elastane. This gives it a comfortable stretch and helps the dress to keep its fab shape. I also love that this fabric is fully lined – no see-thru bits to keep you blushing.

DSCN7793[1]I teamed my dress with a great 70s style leather sandal from Clarks. The Popple has a wooden heel and lovely strap detail, and I got it in a lovely tan colour. The sandal also comes in a black version, and a different version with more straps (that one is called the Popple Rumba). I love these sorts of retro sandals which are just that little bit dressier than a normal flat flip-flop or toe post design, and can therefore be suitable for work as well as the weekend. I wore this outfit for a day spent in my son’s school watching sports day and a special assembly and felt cool and comfortable, but still smart enough for the occasion.



 

 

Alexa Chung style in Clarks Originals

If I had to pick my favourite shoe era, it would probably be the 1970s. I am kind of besotted by the idea of chunky wooden platforms, Scholl style sandals and any other summer shoes that are far removed from the Gladiator, strappy style sandals we live in today. And all this probably explains why I am such a fan of Clarks Originals.

Alexa Chung is another lady who seems to be at home in the sort of sandals I remember wearing as a little girl. Her feet are constantly adorned with the sensible strapped flat sandals that make you think of scuffed knees and grass stains, and yet just look so effortlessly cool, and totally timeless.

The designs from Clarks Originals this Summer could’ve been designed with Alexa in mind. From cute wedge designs in earthy mustard and brown shades, to the perfect flat sandals, and then slightly heeled varieties perfect with summer dresses and midi length skirts, the Clarks Originals sandals are now in the sale and are well worth a look.

Which design would you choose?

Frieda Sun now £49 click to visit Clarks

Frieda Sun £49 click to visit Clarks

Kestral Soar £39 click to visit Clarks

Kestral Soar £39 click to visit Clarks

Serin Wedge £39 click to visit Clarks

Serin Wedge £39 click to visit Clarks